What is Weee?
WEEE is Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment as defined in the European Union by the Hazardous Waste Directive, and the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive.
Weee can be defined as “any product or piece of equipment which contains electrical and electronic equipment”.
To make that clearer, examples of WEEE would include: end of life, or just broken or faulty televisions; washing machine; computers; electrical heaters; power tools; clothes irons; digital cameras; printers; games consoles and controllers; and electric lamps. Basically, it can be anything that has a plug, or a lead, and is powered by electricity, weather that is mains electric, or battery power.
Weee waste is categorised into the following types of goods, anything which has any electrical components in them, as follows:
- Large household appliances e.g. fridges, cookers, microwaves, washing machines and dishwashers
- Small household appliances e.g. vacuum cleaners, irons, toasters and clocks
- IT and telecommunications equipment â€“ e.g. personal computers, copying equipment, telephones and pocket calculators
- Consumer equipment e.g. radios, televisions, hi-fi equipment, camcorders ad musical instruments
- Lighting equipment e.g. straight and compact fluorescent tubes and high intensity discharge lamps
- Electrical and electronic tools â€“ e.g. drills, saws and sewing machines, electric lawnmowers
- Toys, leisure and sports equipment e.g. electric trains, games consoles and running machines
- Medical devices e.g. (non infected) dialysis machines, analysers, medical freezers and cardiology equipment
- Monitoring and control equipment e .g. smoke detectors, thermostats and heating regulators
- Automatic dispensers e.g. hot drinks dispensers and money dispensers
Proper disposal needs to be undertaken as Weee can be hazardous waste. The most important of these are computer circuit boards which use heavy metals which are significantly hazardous to the environment if disposed to landfill. Older equipment typically contains more metals, than the newer, modern equipment.
The important thing to remember about what WEEE is is that WEEE is Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment as defined in the European Union by the Hazardous Waste Directive, and the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive. Companies have a responsibility to ensure that it is disposed of safely.
If you have any questions, comments of concerns, and wish to know more about Weee Compliance in the UK, do not hesitate to contact us and ask for more details. We operate throughout the UK and can collect used equipment free of charge.
Further information on the Weee regulations, can be found in the government guidance notes here.